Lightweight contender Petr Petrov is aiming to keep up his good form on October 10 following on from success in the 2014 Boxcino tournament stateside.
The 32 year-old Russian travels to the UK to face undefeated Liam Walsh on the World Ward III bill in Manchester and will then challenge the winner of the main event featuring Terry Flanagan and Diego Magdaleno if successful.
Having followed up his Boxcino victory with a ten round points win over ex-world title holder Gamaliel Diaz in March, Petrov is in perfect shape to launch an assault for a possible second shot at a recognised champion.
“I feel good,” Petrov told World Boxing News. “I am used to traveling to fight out of my own country and I have always wanted to fight in England. The people there love boxing and have supported the sport very well for a long time.
“It will be a good challenge to fight Liam Walsh as he is a young, fast and strong fighter. He knows how to move around real well in the ring and should make for a great fight.”
On the possibility of then moving on to face Flanagan or Magdaleno, Petrov added: “I know that I am ready for that world title shot and ready to fight anybody. Flanagan v Magdaleno is a 50-50 fight and they are both good fighters who will deserve their place at the top.
“But right now, I am only concentrating on Walsh and after I win I will be ready for whoever,” said Petrov.
The last time Petrov fought for the world title was at 140lbs when coming up against Argentinian hard-man Marcos Maidana in 2011, something ‘El Zar’ will put firmly behind him if his can eventually land the coveted WBO belt at 135.